Saint Gevorg of Mughni Church, Tbilisi

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Saint Gevork of Mughni Church
Մուղնեցվոց Սուրբ Գևորգ Եկեղեցի
წმინდა გიორგის მუღნის ეკლესია
Saint Gevorg of Mughni Armenian Church, Old Tbilisi, XIX century, photo made by D. Ermakov.jpg
Religion
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusruined
Location
LocationOld Quarters,
Tbilisi, Georgia
Geographic coordinates41°41′25″N 44°48′15″E / 41.690259°N 44.804194°E / 41.690259; 44.804194Coordinates: 41°41′25″N 44°48′15″E / 41.690259°N 44.804194°E / 41.690259; 44.804194
Architecture
StyleArmenian
Groundbreaking13th century
Completed1756

The Saint Gevork of Mughni Church (Armenian: Մուղնեցվոց Սուրբ Գևորգ Եկեղեցի Georgian: წმინდა გიორგის მუღნის ეკლესია) also known as Saint George of Mughni Church (Gevork in Armenian is cognate with George) is a 13th-century Armenian church in Tbilisi, Georgia that was entirely rebuilt in 1756.[1] It is made of brick and its architectural typology is that of a cross within a rectangular perimeter, with four free-standing supports.[1]

Current state[edit]

Until the mid-1980s, the church served as a museum of folk art.[2] By 1990, it was no longer a museum and its interior lay in ruin.[2]

The vestibule attached to the western facade of the church was destroyed in May, 1991.[2] The large cracks in the church walls served as an excuse to Georgian authorities to destroy the church instead of repairing it.[2]

During the night of November 18, 2009, the dome of the church collapsed. According to locals, recent rains had further weakened the already badly damaged structure of the church. Georgian television station Rustavi 2 reports that the district governor promised to allocate funds for the rehabilitation of the church after visiting the ruin on November 19 2009.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thierry, Jean-Michel (1989). Armenian Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 317. ISBN 0-8109-0625-2.
  2. ^ a b c d Karapetyan, Samvel (1998), The State Policy of Georgia and the Monuments of Armenian Culture (1988-1998) (in Armenian) (1st ed.), Yerevan: Research on Armenian Architecture, p. XXVI, ISBN 5-8080-0144-7